I’m Disappointed In Mahama Onsy Nkrumah


Dr. Onsy Kwame Nkrumah, one of the sons of the late President Kwame Nkrumah, has expressed misgivings about President John Mahama’s non-acknowledgement of his open letter to him regarding resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a financial bailout.

He said his admonition to the president was to stop him from getting the country shackled to the IMF, something which he sees as a return of colonialism.

Last year, he wrote an open letter to President Mahama advising him not to turn to the Bretton Wood institution for support.

On local politics, he expressed his willingness to partake in it should there be an overwhelming demand for him to do so by politicians in the country.

‘When my people come and ask me to join them I would find it difficult to say no,’ he said.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE last Wednesday when he paid a courtesy to the DAILY GUIDE‘s office, he said he has always interacted with the leading political personalities in the country, pointing at former President John Agyekum Kufuor, Jerry John Rawlings and Nana Akufo-Addo, persons with whom he has held discussions on various subjects.

Dr Onsy Kwame Nkrumah like his late father is engaged in pan-Africanist activities in his Britain and US bases, and was in the country to partake in the commemoration of the country’s 58 th anniversary of independence, a routine he performs annually, he told DAILY GUIDE.

Dr Onsy Nkrumah recalled how some elderly men in the late president’s family blessed him and told him that he has a calling to do something for his people. ‘My father should have told them about me,’ he said.

‘I wanted to write a book ‘Africa Must Unite’ when somebody called my attention to the fact that my father had written a similar book earlier.’

Onsy lamented the situation of African countries, saying that they are stuck in one condition and see wrongly their sideway movements as signs of growth.

Speaking about CPP of which he says he is a member, he said, ‘The problem of the CPP is that it is used as a breeding ground. It is the mother of all the other parties but which has suffered from mismanagement and impoverishment.

He, however, opted for a national unity.
As someone who is protective of his privacy, he said, ‘I have been coming home every year until the press got wind of me and had an interview with me. Until then, many did not know about me.’

Although Onsy holds two passports, he said he is a Ghanaian, adding that he is entitled to five or six passports.

Onsy Kwame Nkrumah was born in March 1957, a few days after independence and so he is of the same age as the country; a coincidence which perhaps informs his religiousness about joining in the annual independence anniversary commemoration.

Onsy was nine when his father was overthrown as president.


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